Engaging diasporas in development

Date & time

Thursday 29 September 2016


Brindabella Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, MBE, Director, Up!-Africa Limited;

Chukwu-Emeka was born in London to a Nigerian father and Sierra Leonean mother. He was formerly a Senior Economic Advisor to the Mauritian government on the private sector and diaspora. He is founder of London-based African Foundation for Development, prominent in the UN-sponsored Global Forum on Migration and Development and also director of Up!-Africa Limited.

In this public seminar following on from the inaugural Disaporas in Action Conference in Melbourne, Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE will draw on his 30 years of experience in advancing diaspora engagement with government, NGOs and the private sector in the UK

In this public forum co-hosted with Diaspora Action Australia and the Research for Development Impact Network, he and a leader in the field from Fiji will discuss how to engage diaspora communities in order to strengthen Australia’s development and humanitarian response efforts and to identify possible ways forward for collaboration

Migrant-and refugee-led organisations implement innovative, small-scale, low-cost projects and these multicultural communities have high levels of contextual knowledge and access to vulnerable populations. However, policymakers have only just begun to appreciate the powerful role that migrant-and refugee-led organisations might play in Australian development efforts.

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Panel on Eradicating disease/Science Communication in Africa

ANU’S Contribution to Science and Communication in Africa

Thursday 15 September, 2016, 6-7 pm.

Venue: Australian Centre on China in the World

188 Fellows Lane, ANU
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Panellists include:

  • Professor William Foley, Leader Animal-Plant Interactions Lab, ANU Research School of Biology.
  • Mr Gboyega Adeniran, PhD Candidate, Water Governance, ANU Centre for European Studies
  • Dr Graham Walker, Science Circus Africa Project Officer, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • Mr Matthew Neuhaus, senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, currently Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch

This panel will have two main foci, the first being  the decades of work by ANU Emeritus Fellow Dr Howard Bradbury AM on Konzo,

Cassava is a staple food in parts of Africa but If prepared incorrectly can produce a poisonous cyanide compound which can cause death or can result in the crippling disease, Konzo.

Dr Bradbury has worked to eradicate konzo in 16 villages in Africa. by providing health practitioners with both an easy method for testing for cyanide, and the skills needed to encourage communities to use this method as part of their daily routines.

Secondly. the panel will discuss the ANU’s Science Circus Africa project which has resulted in 162 local African staff being trained to perform their own science shows using everyday equipment such as bicarb soda, beach balls and magnets.



Law and Governance in sub-Saharan Africa

The AFSAAP Newsletter has given notice of an upcoming short course on Law and Governance in sub- Saharan Africa.

“AFSAAP members will find this focused short course of interest. Held at ANU, the dates are 9-10 and 12-13 September. It is convened by Assoc. Prof. Jolyon Ford, and a course study guide is here.”

His contact details are: jo.ford@anu.edu.au

This is a new offering  and perhaps the only Africa-related course held at ANU for many years.

The Faithful Servant premiere

The Faithful Servant, a play by Tom Davis, is set in Australia and Mozambique.

It looks at the what it means to be good, as perceived by the three main characters:
Raymond, an Australian doctor, played by P.J. Williams;
His adopted daughter, Caroline, played by Tariro Mavondo;
Coetano, a patriotic Mozambican, played by Dorian Nkono.

It will premiere at the Street Theatre in Canberra on September 6th and run until the 18th:

Author Tom Davis has a PhD in political science and has worked in the foreign aid sector for twenty years and as a lecturer, researcher and consultant in international development and public policy.

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